The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

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Alec Ross was born in Charleston, West Virginia (U.S.), in 1971. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, a political economy essay, which was named the 2016 Book of the Year by the TriBeCa Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Foundation and translated to more than 15 languages. Discover his biography and his book, as well as ratings, opinions, comments and more about it.

Alec Ross is a technology policy expert considered one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their three young children.

Alec was raised in Charleston, West Virginia. After earning a B.A. from Northwestern University in Medieval History (1994), he moved to Baltimore as a Teach for America corps member. He taught for two years and then accepted a position as special assistant to the president of the Enterprise Foundation. He focused on developing business, technology and fundraising strategies.

In 2000, he co-founded One Economy Corporation, a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people.

Alec Ross was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her term as Secretary of State. After leaving the Department of State in 2013 he joined the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University as a Senior Fellow.

Among recent recognitions:

  • Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine
  • U.S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
  • Oxford University Internet & Society Award
  • Huffington Post’s 10 Game Changers in Politics
  • Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award

His book, The Industries of the Future, explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust.


The New York Times bestseller, from leading innovation expert Alec Ross, a “fascinating vision” (Forbes) of what’s next for the world and how to navigate the changes the future will bring.

While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.

In The Industries of the Future, Ross provides a “lucid and informed guide” (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets. In each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we have to adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world’s rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley with their own innovation hotspots? And what can today’s parents do to prepare their children for tomorrow?

Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to show how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live. Sharing insights from global leaders—from the founders of Google and Twitter to defense experts like David Petraeus—Ross reveals the technologies and industries that will drive the next stage of globalization. The Industries of the Future is “a riveting and mind-bending book” (New York Journal of Books), a “must read” (Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America) regardless of “whether you follow these fields closely or you still think of Honda as a car rather than a robotics company” (Forbes).

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  1. Alec Ross gives us a picture of what tomorrow’s society could be, raising the question: how will we succeed in a world of robotics, globalization, and digitally driven markets? It’s a very interesting book. Ross’s insights are very relevant. I highly recommend this book.

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